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History of Public Land Laws in the Philippines
Transcript of History of Public Land Laws in the Philippines
CA No. 141 (1936)
During the advent of the Commonwealth Government, Commonwealth Act No. 141, the Public Land Act of 1936 was enacted which up to now is still the governing law on our public lands.
Act No. 926 (1903)
Disposition under the first public land law of the Philippines was done by way of homestead, free patent, sale and lease of public lands suitable for agriculture. The law also provided for the judicial confirmation of imperfect titles.
Act No. 1120 (1904)
The Friar Lands Act provided for the administration and temporary leasing and sale of certain haciendas and parcels of land commonly known as friar lands..
Act No. 2259 (1913)
In order to expedite public land distribution, then Director of Lands Chas H. Sleeper introduced cadastral surveying, a public land survey that covers an extensive area, usually an entire municipality, subdividing the same into parcels for purposes of public land distribution.
Act No. 2874 (1919)
The Second Public Land Act which amended Act No.. 926 was enacted in order to hasten the disposition of public agricultural lands to Filipinos by introducing the system of land classification and increasing the homestead area from sixteen (16) hectares to twenty four (24) hectares.